Hokies Holding an Ace Up Their Sleeve

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Frank Beamer revealed the worst kept secret of the very young 2008 football
season Tuesday, telling the press that the Hokies plan to redshirt Tyrod Taylor
this season. That brings the last piece of the Hokie puzzle into place for the
2008 season, and now Tech is going to play the hand they’re dealt. The good news
is, they’ve still got a great ace hidden up their sleeve.

From yellow jersey to redshirt: Taylor
might not wear maroon again until 2009.

Beamer was very clear in his comments that Tech was going to “try”
to redshirt Taylor, similar to Glennon’s redshirt year in 2005, when Marcus Vick
started all 13 games and Cory Holt took garbage time snaps in six games.

This time around, Glennon will take the lion’s share of snaps, and Holt will
again get mop-up duty. But when asked what the Hokies would do if Glennon got
hurt, Beamer answered quickly that Taylor would play.

Last spring, when the idea of Taylor redshirting was first floated, I liked
it. But the more I thought about it, the more I figured the Hokies would use him
this season. You can argue whether Tech needs Taylor to play in order to win
certain games — and we’ll get to that in a second — but a more compelling
reason to play him would be to get him more experience prior to opening the 2009

In 2009, the Hokies are set up for success, with most of their tough games at
home, with FSU, Clemson, and Wake all cycling off the regular-season schedule.
Hit the ground running in 2009, and special things could happen.

But the Hokies won’t just be dressed for success in 2009 — 2010 and 2011
look pretty good too, per our Future
Schedules Page
. The offensive depth chart is crammed with wide receivers,
running backs, and offensive linemen who will be seniors and redshirt seniors in
2011, and now the plan is for Taylor to be